I am constantly amazed at the way God is working through Leading Influence Ministries and the doors that He continues to open. I’m tempted to say that this is perhaps the most exciting week of ministry that we had since coming to Victoria, but it’s so hard to say that because of the many other things we’ve seen God do through the ministry. I do think it’s safe to say that this week marks a significant coming of age for the ministry and that we are moving into some new and exciting territory.
Monday marked the return of MLA’s to the Legislature for the Swearing in Ceremony for both caucuses. I was privileged to be a guest at both events. It was exciting to see the many that have become friends take the oath of office and begin a 4 year term of service as an MLA. I attended the receptions following each event and found myself being greeted with warm hugs and handshakes and being introduced to new MLA’s as ‘Tim, our chaplain.’ I also met new MLA’s who are already Christians. One told me that when he took the oath, he held his father’s bible. His father was a pastor. I met another member who is a former Youth Pastor and is passionate about his faith. I’m thrilled that God has sent us believers to serve our Province as they serve Him on both sides of the Legislature.
Yesterday, I was invited to attend the Swearing In ceremony for the new Cabinet and Exectutive Council. It was so exciting to see people that we have prayed for and have encouraged in a variety of ways being named to serve in a leadership capacity in our province. Those who have been named will work hard and sacrifice many hours on behalf of the many people who are affected by the ministries they lead. We believe that God has prepared each minister and the staff that surround them to be effective as they serve together. Our role must be to continue to pray for them as they assume new responsibilities.
While I didn't participate or expect that I would, I was reminded again that God has always been interested in leaders. Leaders shape the agenda, direct the nation and set a course for the future. That's why historically, God has surrounded leaders with those who carry His presence to be a source of encouragement and blessing to them. While many strive for political agendas and action, I'm convinced that what matters more is to see our political leaders experience a spiritual transformation that is based on God's love and grace for them.
This was also my first visit to Government House. If you come to Victoria, you really should visit the grounds that are always open to the public. It's a beautiful and peaceful spot. If you ever get the chance to be invited to Government House for a function, you should go. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks for praying for us. You are making a difference as we move forward!